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Heather Nauert
Heather Nauert official photo.jpg
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Assumed office
March 13, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Steve Goldstein
Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
Assumed office
April 24, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Mark Toner (Acting)
Personal details
Born Heather Ann Nauert
(1970-01-27) January 27, 1970 (age 48)
Rockford, Illinois, U.S
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Scott Norby (m. 2000)
Children 2
Education Pine Manor College
Mount Vernon Seminary and College (BA)
Columbia University (MA)

Heather Ann Nauert (born January 27, 1970) is an American journalist and current acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and Spokesperson for the United States Department of State since March 13, 2018 and April 24, 2017, respectively.[1] She is a former ABC News correspondent and Fox News host.

Early life[edit]

Nauert is a native of Rockford, Illinois.[2] Her father, Peter Nauert, was an executive in the insurance industry. She has three brothers: Justin, Jonathan, and Joseph.[3]

She attended Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Mount Vernon College for Women. She received her master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University.[4]



In 1996, Nauert was a reporter for the syndicated weekly business program, First Business. She worked for Fox News from 1998 to 2005, first as a contributor for three years then as a correspondent for four years. During her time as a correspondent she regularly contributed to The Big Story.[4]

From 2005 to 2007, Nauert held positions at a number of different news organizations, including ABC News as a general assignment correspondent, where she contributed to World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline. While there, she received an Emmy nomination for her work on the special series, 13 Around the World.[4]

Nauert has done newscasts Good Day Early Call and Good Day New York Wake Up with co-anchor Steve Lacy weekday mornings, for Fox owned-and-operated station WNYW in New York City. In October 2012, Nauert left Good Day Wake Up.[5]

In 2007, Nauert returned to Fox News as co-host with John Gibson of the weekday edition of The Big Story.[4]

Nauert has also worked as a government affairs consultant on issues including health insurance, Social Security and taxes. She was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[4]

Nauert attends Regional Media Day at the White House on July 25, 2017.

State Department[edit]

On April 24, 2017, the U.S. State Department announced that Nauert would be the new State Department spokesperson.[6] She held her first press briefing in that role five weeks later, on June 6, 2017.[7]

Following the dismissal of Steve Goldstein on March 13, 2018, Nauert was named acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Nauert is married to Scott Norby, an investment banker who works at Morgan Stanley, and previously held positions at National Veterinary Associates, UBS Investment Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Cargill. The couple has two sons, Peter (born October 2009), and Gage (born December 2010).[9][10]


  1. ^ Scarry, Eddie (April 24, 2017). "Fox News reporter Heather Nauert named State Department spokeswoman". Washington Examiner. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  2. ^ Braun, Georgette (June 6, 2017). "Rockford native appointed State Department spokeswoman". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Death Notice: Peter W. Nauert". The Chicago Tribune. August 24, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Profile: Heather Nauert". Fox News. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Former Staffer Alleges a String of Poor Decisions Made By Fox 5 Management". Mediabistro. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ Schwartz, Felicia (April 24, 2017). "Former Fox Anchor Heather Nauert Is New State Department Spokeswoman". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ Katz, A.J. (June 6, 2017). "Heather Nauert Gives First Briefing as State Department Spokesperson". AdWeek. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  8. ^ Da Silva, Chantal (March 14, 2018). "The Trump administration has appointed former Fox News host Heather Nauert to a top State Department job". Newsweek. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  9. ^ Starr, Michael (October 7, 2009). "Starr report". New York Post. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Heather Nauert Welcomes Baby Gage Home". WNYW. December 2, 2010. Archived from the original on July 26, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2017. 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
John Kirby
Spokesperson for the United States Department of State
Preceded by
Steve Goldstein
Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs



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